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  1. yow i'm a 25 year old dude from Belgium, i use cbd oil because i am currently very sick due to some kind of serious inflammatory bowel disease so it kinda really really sucks my life at the moment, but the good thing is cbd oil is really helping and i also have the arizer extreme q vaporizer ( i'm very happy with this vaporizer by the way) that i use regularly. Now i'm slowly getting better so hopefully in a few months i'll be feeling good to go! i love listening to hiphop, Travis scott , tame impala and kid cudi , etctera jean michel basquiat is my profile picture because i like his paintings kush my favorite peace
  2. A relatively untapped market exists within the medical marijuana industry, encompassing those of us who need to smoke, but also want to know that when we medicate we are not making our health even worse. There are a variety of toxins that may be in our medicine, depending on who grows it and what kind of products they use. Pesticide exposure (and especially inhalation) can cause anything from mild or moderate irritation to nervous system or reproductive problems, and many chemicals used in pesticides are known carcinogens. We recently covered a chemical called Paclobutrazol (known by many as "Paclo") which is popping up around the growing community because of its ability to keep plants short and compact. Paclo, however, is an incredibly harmful substance that has no business in our lungs. Many smokers swear by vaporizers as the healthiest way to medicate because they allegedly burn off only the active chemicals, allowing us to inhale just the stuff we want. However, many folks don't like the taste of vaporized cannabis, and others question whether vaporizing is truly the healthiest option that we can develop. Enter Scientific Inhalations, a California company that focuses on making it as safe as possible for everyone to medicate or smoke tobacco without also inhaling anything that may have been used during the growing process. Their innovative multi-step filtration method, featuring organic cotton and virgin coconut carbon, may just be the most effective ever invented, and their signature product, the McFinn's Original Triple-Filtered Water Pipe, looks like something straight out of the future. Victor Gallicchio, owner of Scientific Inhalations, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about their products, their industry-shaking filtration system, and pipe-making in America. Big Buds: Your premier pipe, featuring the innovative filtration system, is called McFinn's Original. Who is McFinn? Victor Gallicchio: McFinn is friend of ours who came into the shop a long time ago, and he had worked with cancer patients. He worked the hospice program for about 30 years. He also was stricken with a pretty good disease and was in a wheelchair, but he was always donating a lot of time to cancer patients. He came into the shop and said "I have this thing, and I want to work with patients and help them to get a better inhalation [while medicating]." He had a kind of contraption, and we made a piece for him; it was to help someone who didn't have very good dexterity to bring medicine to himself a lot easier by putting a glass device on a plastic hose. That relationship developed into us trying to help him pioneer his new concept [for filtration], and we slowly took his idea of the organic coconut carbon, and the organic cotton, and put it together in a glass device. We debuted it about two years ago down in Las Vegas and then we started really developing it. BB: You have an amazingly unique filtration system. Can you tell me more about it? VG: We always knew it had a better inhalation, but we didn't know exactly why; so we decided to go to an independent consulting firm that was state of the art, and a couple doctors at Deep Green recommended a company down in LA, and they actually said, "you gotta show this to them and get this analyzed." We worked with the Werc Shop down in LA, and the first thing we went after was the carbon: what does the carbon do? We know it takes out some of the creosotes and the oils because the water is always cleaner when using [carbon filters in] a water device. And so they did a study of a smoking device with water, without water; with carbon filters and without carbon filters, and we published that. Then we said "okay, what is the cotton doing?" And they analyzed the cotton. BB: What other kinds of things do your filters remove from smoke that other smoking devices do not? VG: Well, you always have to say, "what is the government standard," when doing these kinds of tests, and there is no government approved standard for what constitutes mold. Then I thought, well, I know that growers need to make sure there's no bugs. You either have no bugs because there are none to begin with, or because you are using some kind of spray, like a pesticide. So Werc Shop went in and picked a bunch of chemicals off the shelf that anybody could buy -- I think there's 15 or 18 known chemicals -- and they had standards for those, and then they did a study with their mass spectrometer, and they found that we captured about 75 to 100 percent in that organic cotton. Werc Shop is actually in the process of publishing their study in a medical journal, so they have to redo it a little bit to just double-verify it and word it in the way so that the medical society would want it done. That will hopefully be published by the end of the year. We are waiting for them to finish this study because everybody says that vaporizing is the way to go because we only burn off and inhale the THC. Well, maybe we should do some research and find out about those 18 chemicals that we could get right off the shelf, what temperature are they burning off at? Are they burning off too at a lower temperature than the plant material? I don't know if [advocates of vaporizing] have really even done a study to verify their stand. What else is burning off with the THC? (The initial results of these studies are available on the Scientific Inhalations website and they are quite persuasive). BB: Can you tell me more about the materials you use for filtration, the organic coconut carbon and organic cotton? VG: We wanted to use organic hemp but nobody would give us certification that it was not being processed with chemicals. The organic cotton we use is a very high grade organic cotton used in the cosmetic industry, and it is certified organic. We get people on the blogs and the websites saying, "Why buy this when I can go down to the aquarium store and buy carbon?" Well, when you look at those products there is a little label that says that [aquarium-grade carbon] can be cancer causing. So McFinn did a bit of research and found the organic coconut carbon. BB: So, what initially inspired you to start making smoke wear? VG: When we started out we really just wanted to be just a different kind of glass company. Most of us have been doing scientific glassblowing for most of our lives and a lot of that has gone offshore to cheaper places, so when we got laid off and started out we were making pipes for one of the big five companies, and then we just wanted to create our own line of them and find a small niche. We realized that we had too much creativity to be just copying somebody else's design. Then, once McFinn came in, and we saw his passion to try to bring a cleaner inhalation to people who are concerned about their health, it really transformed the company to say "this is what we want to do." We quit building pipes for the other company and we put all of our effort into healthy inhalation. A lot of medicinal smokers would rather not have to smoke anyway, so let's at least make sure that we inhale our medicine the healthiest way that we can. Harborside, one of the big dispensaries in the Oakland area, took on our product and they just adore this kind of scientific study. There are a lot of people who are in this for the real movement; for the medical side of cannabis. BB: It seems like a lot of stores carry your products, but they are not available online. What kind of options are open for those of us who want to purchase some of your products? VG: I always wanted to sell direct to the public, but you have to make a decision over whether to do retail or wholesale, and we chose to deal with the retailers. We try to support them by going to the shows, and we have about 400-500 stores in the U.S. and Canada that carry our product. We've even sold to stores in Japan and Australia. We sell products in a variety of price ranges, so we can reach the greatest range of customers, and we constantly hear back from our stores about prices so that we can adjust ours. But we are in America, I have American labor, American insurance. I have benefits. It's always hard to compete with what can be brought in from overseas. For more information about Scientific Inhalations and their products Click here: Scientific Inhalations
  3. Marijuana is an incredibly important and often life-changing medication for people who suffer a variety of ailments, from pain, nausea and vomiting, to anxiety, migraines, menstrual cramps, glaucoma, cancer, anorexia, and for just plain relaxation. Marijuana is one of the most versatile medications on the planet, effective without needing to be chemically altered like most plant-derived medications. However, for the sickest patients, smoking marijuana, or even eating cannabis-filled foods, may be difficult or impossible. There are also a number of patients who do not wish to receive the "high" that comes along with consumption of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Some strains of marijuana contain lower levels of THC and higher levels of the other main "active" ingredient, cannabidiol (CBD), but what if there was a product that contained just the CBD without the THC? Patients who wish to receive relief from the previously-mentioned conditions but do not wish to get "high" may want to pay attention to a new product set to be launched worldwide in early 2013: CanChew™ CBD chewing gum, made entirely from concentrated hemp oil rather than marijuana, and containing enough CBD to provide relief from a variety of symptoms. Chewing gum medication can be especially effective; studies have shown that oral/mucosal delivery is one of the most effective ways to take medication. When you swallow a pill, the medication is absorbed by the intestinal lining, and goes through several bodily "filters" before getting to your brain, where it can effect you. Oral/mucosal delivery of medications bypasses most of these filters, so bioavailability of active ingredients in chewing gum, dissolvable pills, tinctures is much higher than in swallowed pills -- up to 90 percent. While often (wrongly) associated with THC-rich marijuana, hemp is an ecologically-friendly, sustainable, versatile plant which can be used for everything from clothing to food. The oil that hemp produces is an incredibly valuable food/supplement and is considered a "complete protein," containing all 21 of the amino acids, and containing almost as much protein as soy, but without the genetically-modified ingredients. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, certain strains of hemp can have as much as 15 to 20 percent CBD. While both chemicals both occur naturally in marijuana, with percentages of each depending on the strain and growing method, they have very different properties, and in many ways THC and CBD can actually counteract one another. While some patients find that THC, in high levels, can cause anxiety (though rare), CBD typically shows strong anti-anxiety effects, similar in high concentrations to medications like diazepam, alprazolam, and other benzodiazepines, which are often prescribed for anxiety and panic conditions. In fact, recent scientific studies have shown that CBD can work as an antagonist (meaning that it negates the effects) of THC. CBD can be given in massive doses without any negative side effects, and in those high doses it has been shown to have anti-psychotic effects and can actually shrink tumors. Paying attention, yet? According to the American Hemp Association, "CBD shows no psychotropic effects, but some clinically-relevant effects have been found. Among them are anticonvulsant effects in epileptics [those with chronic seizures] and anti-dystonic effects in movement disorder patients [like those with Parkinson's Disease]. Some properties resemble those of THC (e.g. some effects on the immune system), while other properties differ from THC." Knowing the positive effects of CBD has inspired companies like San Diego-based Medical Marijuana Inc., which has contracted with two of its portfolio companies, PhytoSPHERE Systems and Red Dice Holdings, to produce and market the CanChew CBD chewing gum. PhytoSPHERE is using its pharmaceutical-grade hemp production facilities and European microclimate hemp farms to produce two thousand kilograms of high-quality hemp oil for production of super-concentrated CBD to create the CanChew gum. CanChew will be marketed by Red Dice Holdings, who will distribute the product, along with their other hemp oil products, throughout retail locations in California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, then branching out to other locations worldwide. It will also be available online. By using hemp oil rather than marijuana, CanChew gum also avoids the legal challenges that would accompany a THC/marijuana gum, which would still be Federally illegal, despite the state laws which have legalized medicinal and/or recreational marijuana use. For patients looking for relief from the many symptoms that are alleviated by CBD, this gum may be an amazing new product, and certainly is a more convenient and socially acceptable method of medicating. However, for those patients who enjoy those "extra" effects brought on by the THC in medical (and, where legal, recreational) marijuana, CanChew will not replace our mind-expanding green buds. Either way, the fact that companies are looking to cannabis as a viable medication is certainly a move in the right direction. Source: http://bigbudsmag.co...g-november-2012
  4. With the landmark passing of Proposition 64 in Colorado, which legalizes the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use for adults over 21, more citizens that ever might want to consider their hand at trying to grow the green stuff. We thought that now would be a great time to cover quick ways to get your own grow started today, and it isn't as expensive as you may think. Grow rooms are easy to construct, can be tucked into almost any closet or extra bedroom, and growing yourself can save a lot of green — not to mention that sweet feeling you get when you first light up your own crop. Building Your Own Grow Room While it may seem daunting, building your own grow room can be cheap and effective, and allows you to customize many aspects of your grow. 
 Step One: Start With Your Structure If you have a whole room or large closet to dedicate to growing, begin by lining the walls and floor with a reflective, waterproof material, and planning where you will vent the heat and humid air from the room, perhaps out a window. Reflective material can be purchased from hydro stores or home improvement stores quite cheaply. Because Colorado's new law allows for three mature (i.e. flowering) plants and three immature plants, if you can, separate your growing space into two light-tight rooms you can create a perpetual harvest cycle, flowering on one side and vegetating on the other, so that you consistently have fresh marijuana to harvest and enjoy. While setting up the room, make sure you have a way to hang grow lights and exhaust fans from your ceiling. Look for wood beams and attach heavy-duty hooks to those. The last thing you want is for a heavy light or exhaust fan to come crashing down onto your poor little plants. 
 
You will also want to create a shelf (perhaps from a piece of surplus wood), somewhere up off of the ground for all of your electrical equipment to sit safely out of harm's way. Step Two: Pick Your Lights Lighting is one of the most important factors in determining how well your plants will grow, and how your buds will turn out during the flowering phase. You want adequate, but not excessive, wattage for your size room, and to pick the correct type of bulb for your needs. You will also need a ballast to convert your residential electrical current into one that works with high-powered hydroponic lighting. The most popular light bulbs used in growing marijuana (and other hydroponic plants) are metal halide (MH) for the vegetative state and high-pressure sodium (HPS) for flowering. The MH bulb mimics the bright summer sun, while the reddish-orange tone of the HPS is more reminiscent of the light during the fall harvest season. Try to find light hoods and ballasts that work with both types of bulbs; it will save time, money, and hassle. Some growers have had success with LEDs as well, but while LED lights give off far less heat and use far less energy, most growers are still unimpressed with marijuana plants grown using LEDs. However, if your budget is very tight, LED may be a good choice. As for wattage, a good rule of thumb is to supply 40-50 watts of light per square foot of growing space. So, if your hypothetical room is 5 ft. x 5 ft. you have 25 square feet and would need one 1000 watt lamp, or two 600 watt lamps. Your plants need plenty of light, but after a point you are just wasting cash and energy. No one wants that. Step Three: Set Up Your Ventilation Not only do those hot grow lights need to be ventilated, your entire growing space needs to have air constantly circulating to keep temperatures and humidity regulated, in order to avoid mold or mildew development. Those are crop killers! As far as venting the hot air, many will use windows or attic exhaust fans, but I have also seen growers attach grow room ducting to the central air or heating ducts in their home, which is a great way to allow the heat to disperse. In the winter, the hot air will help to keep your home warm. A properly-ventilated grow room will have at least one exhaust fan to pull cool air through the light hood(s) and another one near the ceiling (heat rises) to blow the hot, humid air out of the garden. You also need to include oscillating fans to move air across the canopy — the most sensitive area to heat damage, and where your best buds will grow. 
 Step Four: Choose Your Hydroponic System For optimum versatility, I recommend using an ebb and flow system with individual pots. Systems like this use a "brain bucket" to control water flow between the pots and the reservoir, and these brain buckets can often accommodate up to 42 potted plants (though don't try to grow that many marijuana plants anywhere in the U.S.), allowing growers who start small to quickly expand their garden without buying a whole new system. Also, if one or two plants start to look ill, they can easily be separated from the rest, avoiding a complete wipeout of your crop. Systems like this can be bought intact, or can be made yourself with some buckets, tubes, a pump, and some know-how. Keep an eye on this site for an upcoming step-by-step on how to build your own system. Along with your hydroponic system, you will also need a reservoir to hold your nutrient solution. To select the right size, I recommend at least two gallons of nutrient solution per plant. So, someone growing six plants would want a reservoir that holds at least 12 gallons. The water that you mix with your nutrients should be pristine -- reverse osmosis is always a safe option. What Else Does A New Growers Need? Marijuana Nutrients Nutrients will likely by one of the most expensive parts of the grow, but believe me when I say that you get what you pay for. Like the food we eat, plant nutrients allow the plant to build strong, hearty stalks and stems, and grow thicker, heavier and better tasting buds. For brand new growers, I recommend Advanced Nutrients' pH Perfect® Sensi Grow Two-part system for the vegetative state, and pH Perfect® Sensi Bloom Two-part for flowering. These nutrients are made for your plants, and have most of the essential ingredients for growth right there in that bottle. I also suggest considering, Advanced Nutrients' Hobbyist bundle, which comes with a great selection of basic yield boosters for the beginning grower. Once you feel comfortable in your abilities (and have a little more cash to spend), consider branching out into AN's other lines, which vary from Hobbyist to Grand Master grower. These nutrients are all available in AN's new pH-Perfect line, which essentially eliminates the need to use a buffer solution, like pH up or down, to regulate the pH of your reservoir. Hydronic Meters Knowing what is going on in your grow room is incredibly important, and meters are the best way to keep on top of things. You will need a meter to measure the temperature, pH, and ppm (parts per million which, in this case, measures nutrient level) of the nutrient solution in your reservoir, and a meter to tell you the temperature and humidity of your grow room. Clones or Seeds And now, for the star of the show! For beginners, I recommend starting with plants that are already partially grown and have some sort of root development. Starting from seeds can allow a lot more customization, but requires more knowledge and work. Clones, which are cuttings from a mother plant, are a much simpler way to begin. Clone prices vary based on the strain, the seller, and how old they are. Brand new clippings will be less expensive, while larger, more developed plants (commonly called "teens") will be more expensive, but will be heartier and require less time in the vegetative state. Make sure you examine your clones thoroughly for any sign of pests or mildew, which will quickly kill your plants if not handled immediately. As far as picking strains, it can sometimes be a crapshoot, but make sure that you do your research on the strain, its potency level, and whether it is an Indica (typically a thick, heavy plant with a thick, heavy body high -- excellent for people with chronic pain) or Sativa (a thinner-leaved plant which causes more of a head high -- this is the one you want for an evening of contemplating the meaning of life.) There are also plenty of hybrid Indica/Sativa mixtures, which can give you the best of both worlds. Knowledge No single article will take the place of truly diving into the industry. Visit your local hydroponics store for expert advice and to get hands-on with products. Then, read everything you can in hydroponic magazines and on websites (like this one) and check out videos and forums online as well. The Internet is a treasure trove of great help. There are also a wide variety of books available about growing hydroponic plants, many specifically catered to marijuana cultivation. There are a multitude of tricks and techniques that growers have discovered to maximize harvests and save money in the process.
 
Good luck, and happy growing! Source: http://bigbudsmag.co...a-november-2012
  5. As a beginner marijuana grower looking at the results of my first-ever marijuana growing experiment, I had a Tiger Woods moment. You remember after Tiger Woods got busted for cheating on his wife with strippers and was publicly humiliated by her and the media, there was that Nike commercial showing him standing there being asked by the voice of his dead father, “Did you learn anything?” Well, my father’s still alive, and he doesn’t know I grow marijuana, but as I looked at the sad results of my first grow, I heard a voice asking me did I learn anything. And here’s what I learned: First off, I learned that marijuana is NOT a weed. It’s a specialty plant that does best when you give it controlled conditions and inputs. Of course, if you just plant a seedling or clone in a pot filled with Fox Farm Ocean Forest or some other reasonably rich soil, and then stick it outdoors and wait for harvest time, you may end up with some bud. I ended up with 47 grams of bud loaded with THC. The buds tasted nice, and got my friends and me stoned. I’d have had to pay about $550-700 to get the same amount of comparable-quality marijuana if I was buying regular retail. So I did the math… All total I had invested about $200 on marijuana grow supplies, and maybe 10 hours per week for several months, paying attention to the Hawaiian Snow x Chocolope cross that I grew. And I got a couple of ounces from it. So, adding up the cost of my time and money, did I grow myself some “free bud” without too much expense or trouble? Not really. When I added up the monetary value of the hours I spent growing plus the money I spent on grow supplies, it was just about a break-even. Growing marijuana was way more work than I anticipated, and what started out as a “who cares if it works or not” amateur marijuana cultivation experiment ended up becoming an obsession. It’s like that old song, Fooled Around and Fell in Love. You have fun with a girl thinking she’s just a temporary girlfriend or sex buddy, and then you get hooked, can’t get her out of your mind. I fell in love with marijuana growing. But it was a love-hate relationship. I hated that I didn’t know enough to do it right. That I didn’t have enough money to buy professional hydroponics nutrients, an HID light, and a controlled indoor marijuana growing environment. I loved my marijuana plant like you’d love a daughter, but I hated it that the plant developed problems, and I especially hated it that the problems were my fault. It was because I didn’t know how to be a good grower, a good father, to my plant. This made me feel like a dumbass. At least I wasn’t as much of a dumbass as the guy in this video: But the fact that I was growing this plant the wrong way challenged my pride and self-esteem. It’s like, I had this living thing, this plant that was counting on me, and I was dreaming of big fat nugs that would medicate me into outer space. But the plant didn’t do well, and I could barely keep it alive until I could harvest it. The hydroponics store guy who had been coaching me (even though the word marijuana was never spoken between us), openly laughed at me and called me a cheapskate, a “Wal-Mart grower.” “Listen, bro, I’m not trying to make money off you, I’m just sayin’, if you don’t invest in a real grow light and some hydroponics nutrients, you’re going to get a crappy harvest,” he said. And he was right: I got a crappy harvest. The potency, taste and aroma were good enough, but the weight was far below what I could have had. When I chopped that plant down, I actually apologized to it for not having treated it good enough when it was alive. But like I said before, the marijuana growing fever had me in its grips. I sat there at night in front of my computer, puffing on bowls of Hawaiian Snow x Chocolope, starting to piece together what I had to do, know, and buy so I would guarantee myself a successful marijuana garden. I found marijuana growing videos on YouTube, like this one where the guy is growing Trainwreck and Super Lemon Haze in a closet, and it would inspire me to do whatever it took to become a successful marijuana grower. I mean, the guy only has three marijuana plants, but just look at the massive yields he’s getting! It took me two years to learn enough to become a competent marijuana grower who can reliably produce lots of THC and weight every crop cycle. So keep reading these Big Buds articles, because I’m going to break it down how I went from beginner marijuana grower to skilled marijuana grower. In my future articles, I’m going to go through the entire process of how I learned to be a skilled marijuana grower, starting with the fundamentals of how to choose a marijuana grow room site, how to choose hydroponics marijuana equipment, how to build a grow room, what kind of hydroponics nutrients and gardening systems to use, hydroponics grow lights…whatever it takes to grow the best marijuana. So stay tuned to BigBudsmag.com for the latest information that will help you grow bigger buds. Source:http://bigbudsmag.co...onics-nutrients
  6. After watching the video...please confirm me, what woman is claiming is a fact or fake??? According to a new Canadian study, one in eight patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia uses medical marijuana to medicate and ease their pain. Fibromyalgia affects 2% of the population in the U.S. The illness strikes patients mostly with chronic widespread pain, but can also cause fatigue, sleep difficulties, joint stiffness, depression and anxiety. Doctors are still mystified by the condition. It is typically treated with antidepressants, pain pills, and physical therapy, however there is no cure. Dr. Igor Grant, head of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California commented on fibromyalgia patients’ use of medical marijuana to Reuters Health, saying, "that is not unusual behavior, in general, for people with chronic medical illnesses for which we don't have great treatments… People start looking around, they look for other types of remedies, because they need the help." There are some questions about whether or not medical marijuana actually helps patients with fibromyalgia. While studies have proved that medical marijuana does indeed reduce pain in HIV patients, and patients with various other conditions, no study has yet to prove the same results with fibromyalgia patients. In addition to these concerns, the question has also been raised as to whether or not the use of medical marijuana actually does harm to fibromyalgia patients daily functionality or not. Peter Ste-Marie is a pain researcher at McGill University in Montreal, and worked on this new study. "There really is no miracle drug for fibromyalgia. We definitely understand that patients would try to find something else…. (However) before saying herbal cannabis has a future in fibromyalgia, there are multiple things that need to be looked at,†he said. Original Source: 1 In 8 Patients With Fibromyalgia Use Medical Marijuana To Ease The Pain
  7. Don't toss valuable THC in the trash! After the painstaking process of trimming, a medical marijuana grower is usually left with a substantial amount of leaf material. These trimmings should never go into the trash but instead should be recycled and turned into quality hash, kief, tinctures, or extracts for use in edibles. Read the complete article here: http://bigbudsmag.com/grow/how/article/make-thc-rich-medical-marijuana-extracts-your-excess-leaves-february-2012

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Strain Hunters is a series of documentaries aimed at informing the general public about the quest for the preservation of the cannabis plant in the form of particularly vulnerable landraces originating in the poorest areas of the planet.

Cannabis, one of the most ancient plants known to man, used in every civilisation all over the world for medicinal and recreational purposes, is facing a very real threat of extinction. One day these plants could be helpful in developing better medications for the sick and the suffering. We feel it is our duty to preserve as many cannabis landraces in our genetic database, and by breeding them into other well-studied medicinal strains for the sole purpose of scientific research.

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